Chipboard is nothing more than cardboard images! Stamping directly on it will not leave crisp clear images. For crisper images, stamp on cardstock or paper first and adhere that to your chipboard using one of the glue methods I have listed below.
Trace around the chipboard image onto patterned paper, then use Mod-Podge, ( I like the "royal coat" antique finish mod podge) liquid glue, crystal effects or "yes glue" to glue the paper to the chipboard.
Paint them with acrylic paints and then sand to get a distressed look.
Have you tried using SU Craft reinkers as paint? Squeeze some of the ink onto a plate and use a sponge brush to paint the chipboard giving you coordinating colors with your other SU items.
Use the chipboard 'template' that the letters and shapes come in (or more commonly called the negative image) to trace onto regular cardstock.
Use chipboard pieces for accents and bigger pieces as backgrounds or covers. Tie ribbon around the chipboard piece, or punch holes and tie ribbon through holes. Using brads or hodgepodge hardware will add wonderfully unique accents.
Save lighter weight chipboard from packaging- hey all those cardboard squares that come in our SU designer paper now have a fantastic use! Now you can trace and make even more chipboard projects!!!!!!!!
Have you tried using a brayer to cover it with ink? I love using my sponges. I just take one of my SU sponges that I have cut into 1/4's and dab it right on my ink pad then sponge my chipboard piece! love the effect it has, I can then take a stamp and ink it up with craft ink and ink over the top for a gorgeous effect!
Cut patterned paper slightly larger than the shape you are working with. Adhere the paper to the chipboard with any of the glue methods I spoke of above, and then trim against edges of shape with scissors. Use a sanding block to remove the excess paper.
Use chipboard letters and shapes on paint cans, mini albums, scrapbook pages, cards, notebook covers, recipe books etc...
Cover the entire shape with craft ink (use the direct to paper method, taking your chipboard piecce and dab the craft ink directly to it) and cover it with clear embossing powder and heat to look like plastic letters, or use irredescent ice for sparkle! You can also cover with crystal effects and sprinkle with your favorite glitter or with beads!
When putting chipboard pieces on paint cans use sticky strip tape to adhere chipboard to your project.(just remember that when the sticky hits the paper or cardstock, you can't move it again unless you tear it off, in other words, be sure it's where you want it the first time)
Using dimensionals or glue dots to the back of the chipboard to adhere will add dimension to your project!
I WAS totally intimidated by chipboard at first! Dont let that stop you if you feel the same way I did. The pieces below are made using all Stampin Up! products, the "O" is sponged with crisp cranberry ink and then I used the weathered b g stamp in cranberry and stamped over it. What a great look!
The flower I put on designer paper (also from SU!) and traced with a pencil then cut it out. I used royal coat and a sponge brush to adhere it to the chipboard and then again over the top. When it was dry, I used a SU sanding block on the edges.
Have fun, dont be intimidated and lets see some of your projects in my email box!
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